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Re: (A6) Perl 6, a general-purpose language?

by crenz (Priest)
on Mar 11, 2003 at 08:59 UTC ( #241966=note: print w/ replies, xml ) Need Help??


in reply to Re: (A6) Perl 6, a general-purpose language?
in thread (A6) Perl 6, a general-purpose language?

I can see we probably have very different definitions of "general-purpose language" :-). You referred me to CPAN. I do audio processing with perl myself, but I keep it to MIDI data. I don't think perl is fast enough to do Wave data processing in real-time, or image processing. Well, there are image processing modules on CPAN, but these are written in C, with perl glue code.

Maybe the real problem is that I am expecting things of Perl it was not originally meant to do. For me, one of my dreams is to write well-performing desktop apps in perl*. Yes, I know about WxPerl, PerlTk etc., but I wouldn't want to use them for a major project (I know others do). I find the startup time and performance not up to what I would want it to be. The point is probably moot with modern 3-Ghz machines, but I am still working mostly on 200-500 Mhz Pentiums or G4s these days.

*and I realize most people here aren't interested in that at all.


Comment on Re: (A6) Perl 6, a general-purpose language?
Re^2: (A6) Perl 6, a general-purpose language?
by Aristotle (Chancellor) on Mar 15, 2003 at 10:52 UTC
    Have you looked into AutoLoader or SelfLoader? Startup time of perl itself is rarely an issue - it's mainly the compilation that may take a while. Delayed loading should cure most of the problem.

    Makeshifts last the longest.

Re: Re: (A6) Perl 6, a general-purpose language?
by bugsbunny (Scribe) on Jul 12, 2003 at 13:04 UTC
    yep, i see this as one of the weakest parts and one of the ways to boost perl usage.. I havent seen many standalone-graphic apps written in perl even that there is ports of gtk,qt,wxWindows or so...
    Probably 'cause of the lack of integrated IDE similar like Delphi/Kylix ...
    probably adding some primitives directly available into parrot can boost the thing a bit.. dont understand these things so that just mumbling :")

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